The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

"Changing The Dialogue of Secondary Education"

2011 Creative Educators Summit
“Changing the Dialogue in Secondary Education”

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Event Goals:
To create more awareness and attention about some of the innovation education programs, and to encourage teachers to embrace and use some of them
To get broader recognition for the great things occurring in Dewitt and around the region to better prepare our students for careers in the new economy
Put ideas into action in the upcoming school year at a classroom level/school/district level

Event Itinerary
9:00 a.m. Registration, coffee and other beverages

9:45 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Pam Jodway, VP of Marketing, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Leap, Inc.)
Leap/Greater Lansing Next Talent Infusion strategy team chairs:
Doug Stites, Capital Area Michigan Works, Kellie Dean, Dean Transportation
Jeff Croley and Jason Lafay, DeWitt Creativity Group
Averie Conn, DeWitt High School student and DCG participant

10:00 a.m. Interactive Group Exercise – Poll Everywere

10:15 a.m. Original Production of “Questions” performed by DCG students
This show encompasses educational practices, trends and concepts while addressing the concerns of young people. Many social issues concerning teaching and learning are introduced as well as possible solutions for creating a more creative and innovative culture in both schools and communities.

11:30 a.m. Post-show Discussion 

11:45 p.m. Lunch, Keynote Presentation
Matinga Ragatz, 2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year

12:50 p.m. Career Pathways – Using Rigor and Relevance in Teaching
Williamston School District representative

1:00 p.m. “Following Your Passions” – Linda Hundt, Owner, Sweetie-licious Café

1:10 p.m. “Building and Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Mindset” – Joe Lopez, Retired General Motors Manager

1:20 p.m. Doctoral Students from MSU College of Education – Robin Harris & Christina N. Berchini

1:30 p.m.What the Data Tells Us” – Dr. Soji Adelaja, MSU Land Policy Institute

1:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Session #1 – Incorporating Technology into the Classroom
Michigan Virtual University

Session #2 – The Human Facebook
MSU Professor and Author Bryan Ritchie

Session #3 – ITEC/STEM education/Alternative Energy
Kirk Riley, ITEC and Bryan Byars, DeWitt teaceher

Session #4 – Improving the Creative Culture in the Classroom – DCG Creators
Jeff Croley and Jason LaFay

 2:30 p.m. Recap of Breakout sessions

2:45 p.m. Interactive Group Exercise – Poll Everywhere

3:00 p.m. Closing remarks, adjourn